When the Weather (not the hair) is Frightful


Blah… it’s winter. 

While the season is perfect to get comfortable with a cup of hot cocoa, Netflix, & your cat, you can’t ignore the fact that the dry, dreary, plain yucky weather can wreak havoc on your hair. Don’t fret! There are plenty of ways you can protect your hair from the dreaded weather. 

Your hair starts to become more difficult to retain moisture, making it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage and damage, not to mention the frizz and static that often comes (though doesn’t go) with your winter wardrobe. However, these are all problems that can be avoided as long as you have the right hair care routine for winter. Don’t let your hair fall victim to the winter blues too! When Snowflakes Fall… From Your Scalp

Your scalp is drier and itchier than ever during the winter months because of the lack of moisture in the air. This is why your poor skin in dry and it seems you have to bathe with lotion. It leads to issues like dandruff and scalp irritation, which can lead to hair loss in severe cases. What most people don’t realize is that the dandruff problem can be manageable with the right care and a little love. 

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner (The Peppermint, Sage, & Rosemary create a cooling, invigorating feeling on your scalp relieving it of the itch and flakes.)

Redken Scalp Relief (This has powerful ingredients such as Zinc to relieve the agitation of the dryness and itch.)

Young Living Rosemary & Lavender Essential Oils (Mix with Coconut Oil as a mask or make a mist with distilled water & witch hazel for natural relief.) 2 Gifts Not Wanted for Christmas… Frizz & Static

One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static and frizz. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang up on your hair, like your older aunts and grandmas wanting to smooch you at your holiday gatherings. To tackle this, wash your hair only with lukewarm water, NOT hot water, as the latter will strip away the natural oils and blow open the cuticle that protect and nourish your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner or frizz fighting serum or lotion to keep your hair smooth.

Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier (This provides 21 benefits including static reducing and frizz fighting.)

Redken Frizz Dismiss Regimen (My ultimate favorite for all hair types since it is customizable. It also includes “dryer” sheets for your hair to tame the frizz on the run.)

Young Living Sandalwood with Almond Oil as a serum is a natural and fantastic way to fight frizz. Shine Bright like a Diamond Pendent Your Husband Should Have Bought You (Instead of the Blender) 

The lack of moisture in winter not only dries out your scalp and makes your hair frizzy, but also leaves your hair looking dull, lifeless, as a blah. Ask your stylists about conditioning shine treatments such as a Redken Shades EQ Gloss. 

Pureology Shine Max (This serum adds light reflecting shine while making your hair soft and luxurious. This also tames stray fly aways without making you look like a grease pit.)

Redken Diamond Oil Pillow Proof Glow Dry (Honest to God, this is hair crack. Now only does it add insane shine without the weight of an oil, it protects against heat and blow dries your hair 50% faster.)

Honey with Young Living Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Honey is a humectant that seals in the moisture and helps restore shine to dull and damaged hair. Roman Chamomile soothes scalp and adds softness to hair strands. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse well.)Get Warm (With Cocoa, a Blankie, & Hair Mask)

Ensure your follicles get all the nourishment and love you can give them by warming them up a tad. Throw on your slippers, relax and moisturize your hair under a cap. Purchase a cheap shower cap at the dollar store and allow it to work wonders. Putting one on while deep conditioning will trap the heat, open the cuticle, and allow the conditioner to deeply penetrate the hair shaft.

Pureology Precious Oil Softening Hair Masque (This intensely moisturizes with Sunflower & Coconut Oil.)

Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets Intensive Treatment Mask (This provides intensive nourishment and provides a protective layer of oils to help prevent damage.)

Warmed Olive Oil & Young Living Geranium (Smell fantastic while naturally giving your hair some much needed love.)Keep Your Hair Cool… Not Hot

Scorching hot water in the shower may feel great on a cold winter’s morning but you are causing more harm than good. Your skin and hair loses all it natural oils and your pores and hair cuticles remains open. Lock in moisture by rinsing with warm to cool, NOT hot. Fun tip: Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your skin (and hair if your hair is thick and course) before rinsing. Your skin will remain silky and soft. Also, blow dry your hair on low or medium heat. Let’s take just 5 more minutes in the morning. It’s not that bad… and I promise you, you’ll thank me. Plus, it’s more time to hide from your kids and husbands. Towels and Hats and Friction… OH MY!

Rubbing your hair with a towel when you get out of the shower can cause some serious breakage. Your hair is at its weakest state when it is wet. Blot and squeeze the excess water out. Hats are another culprit for breakage. I get it, it’s freaking cold and we need hats-plain and simple. However, taking them on and off can cause friction, breakage, and horrible static. Try putting a silk bandana in the hat or wrapping a silk scarf around your head first before adorning your cute winter hat. Add Some Color to the Gray & Drab 

Spice up your look with a new color. Don’t go drastic since lord knows you will change your mind come spring. However, a little makeover does wonders for our mood. While your at it, treat yourself to a mani/pedi…. and maybe a glass of champagne. Apply some Young Living Stress Away or Peace & Calming and just relax. 


Happy Winter my little snowflakes! Be as unique as they are! 

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Oil Love (Chapter 3: DIY and Recipes)


I am continuing to share my Oil Love journey with you with Chapter 3: DIY & Recipes. If you would like catch up with my previous Oil Love blogs, click on the links:

Here are some recent concoctions I have been playing around with: 

UPSET STOMACH


After 2 days of pains in my stomach, I reluctantly resorted to DiGize. I cannot stand the smell of it. I decided to mix it with Peppermint and applied to directly to stomach. To my surprise, it worked within minutes. It creates this magical cooling, yet hot feeling. The best way I can describe it is that it feels like Icy Hot on my belly. Oddly, my cat also seemed to love the smell. I was laying with a blanket on me and she kept trying to lick though the blanket. But besides my cat going bananas, I am pleasantly surprised of how well this actually works. I’m glad my DiGize bottle won’t be neglected now. 

STUFFY SINUSES

RC Blend is a god-send when it comes to any sort sinus problems. My poor husband (and all his ailments) suffers from horrible allergies, clogging up his sinuses and making him all stuffy. He’s miserable and I am annoyed by the constant sniffling and groaning. I suggested that he massage RC diluted with a tad bit of Fractionated Coconut Oil for more slip. He applied ample pressure while massaging his sinuses. Within minutes, he felt his sinuses opening up. About 10-15 minutes later, he could breathe again. I would also suggest inhaling some Peppermint Oil to take healing your clogged up nose to the next level. 

PLANTAR WARTS


I have had 2 stubborn warts on my the bottom of my big toe for years. I called a Podiatrist once and they told me that depending on how deep they were I may need to take a good bit of time off work. Who can afford that for a few darn warts? Not me. Essential Oils to the rescue. Oregano Oil diluted with Coconut Oil or Olive Oil twice a day, dramatically shrunk the warts. It’s taking a bit of time to fully get rid of them, but it is better than getting them removed with a knife and having to be off work. They don’t bother me, so I will be patient. Oregano Oil isn’t the best smelling oil, but I can get past it. Make sure you dilute Oregeno Oil accordingly. It is a “hot” oil. You don’t want to cause a bigger issue than a wart.

TOE NAIL FUNGUS

I am sure there are many of you who have a significant other has or you yourself have to wear boots to work. This is a breeding ground for fungus. It thrives in the dark, moist, warm environment. My husband’s poor toes suffer greatly. I made a mixture of Thyme & Tea Tree Essential Oils. Buff the the nail first with a cheap file you can throw away immediately then apply one drop on the big toe nail. While wearing gloves, massage it into nail bed. Add one drop more and distribute it to the other affected toe nails. Warning: This stinks to high heaven. I make my husband immediately put on socks, one to mask the smell a bit, and two, to stop any oil getting on my carpets. It seems to be working. Again, it is taking some time, but we have hope. 

HEADACHE BUSTER 


Headaches are the worst. I hate taking medicine. I always end up feeling worse or my stomach then becomes upset. When my head is pounding, I have my husband massage PanAway & Copaiba Essential Oils mixed with Fractionated Coconut Oil up and down my neck, especially at the brain stem. I have him go a little hard with the massage and have him do it longer than I am sure he wants to. This calms my headache enough that I can function. It’s better than feeling crappy with medicine and I am obsessed with the root beer-like smell of the PanAway. I am looking forward to trying M-grain Essential Oil. I will be on an order very soon. 

MENASTRATION, CRAMPS, FERILITY, & MORE


My go-to oil for any Female and/ or Male Specific Condition is Clary Sage. When I have cramps, I rub Clary Sage on my pelvis. I also apply it daily to my pelvis and small of back to help with fertility. My husband uses a blend of Clary Sage and Idaho Blue Spruce Essential Oils on the small of his back to help regulate Testosterone Levels and aid in fertility. I plan to mix this with Bergamot Essential Oil with the my next order for both me and my husband. We also just started taking Sclar Essence in Gel Caps. I put about 4 drops in a Gel Cap and we take one each everyday. Sclar Essence helps both the Hormonal and Digestive Systems so it’s a win-win for both me and my husband. 


OIL PULLING (TEETH)

I’m listing this first in the Beauty part because it also blends well with the Healing segement of this blog as well. If you can get past the initial shock of this routine, it is amazing! I try to do this once a week. I have Lumineers (which cost me a butt load) and I am always nervous a cavity is going to sneak behind them or that the teeth around them will discolor and not match so beautifully. Mix an Tbsp of Non-Hydrogenated, Organic Coconut Oil with a drop of an appropriate essential oil such as the following: 

  • Sweet Orange (my fave): Used as a brightening agent. 
  • Thieves: Used as a deep cleaner to rid your mouth and teeth of bacteria that causes cavities and other problems. 
  • Tea Tree: Used to soothe pain.


Coconut Oil is the jack of all trades. It kills everything to help with the overall health of your mouth and teeth as well as freshen breath and aid in saliva production. Swoosh through mouth for atleast 5 minutes. Getting past the chunk of oil going in your mouth is the hardest part. My gag reflexes have definately kicked in a few times. Try doing this when the oil is soft to help keep the gagging to a minimum. You and your dentist will be amazed at the difference this makes in your mouth. 

NIGHTLY FACE OIL


I saw nightly only because it is my personal preference to put oil on my face at night because I don’t care for oil under my makeup. I blend Frankincense & Cedarwood in Coconut Oil and massage a small amount into my skin. I also like the idea of doing this at night because it gives it time to soak in before putting sometime else on top of it. My face has never looked better. I hardly ever get a breakout and it helps with those awful wrinkles and fine lines. It helps that Cedarwood smells nice too. 

CUCUMBER & MINT FACE SCRUB (WITH PEPPERMINT, LAVENDER, & FRANKINCENSE) 


My husband’s face gets red and flaky when his allergies flare up. His asked if we had a face scrub handy at home. Unfortunately,we did not. But what we did have was an abundance of ingredients to make our own. I found a recipe on Pinterest for a Cooling Cucumber & Mint Face Scrub. I thankfully have my own garden complete with Cumcumbers. The original recipe called for: 1/4 of a Cucumber puréed, 2/3 cups White Sugar, 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, 8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil. I doctored up the recipe by cutting the Peppermint a tad and adding in Lavender & Frankincense Essential Oils. It smells so fresh and feels so cooling on the skin. My husband is quite happy with it. He noticed his face already felt better after 1 use. He hasn’t healed fully, but he is continuing to use it once a day.

HOMEMADE SOAP (THE LAZY WAY)

So, I am one of those crazy people that start preparing for Christmas in July. You can hate me. I am all about frugality and DIY, so what is better than homemade gifts. Since I fell in love with Essential Oils, I already created a plan for fantastic gifts to give for the holiday. We all know DIY takes time, so might as well start now. The first gift I decided to start with was Homemade Soap. The more I started looking into it, the more I thought I was in over my head with the Lye and all the processes involved. Thankfully for Pinterest (again) and I found a cheater recipe. I took 4 bars of a 100% All Natural Coconut Oil Soap and grated them. I lined my Crock Pot with a liner and put the soap in there. Next, I added 4 Tbsp of liquid. I chose to use Green Tea. I let this melt thoroughly into a creamy, gel-like consistency. I turned off the heat and added sprigs of Lavender and about 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. I mixed this and then added it to a parchment-paper-lined, square cake pan. (You can also use molds.) I let cool in pan for 24 hours and then cut it into 9 even pieces. I took them out of tray and placed them on a plate to then air dry for another 4 days. After that, I wrapped each one in pretty paper and placed a label sticker on them. My Lavender Green Tea Soaps turned out adorable. I will be sure to share my next chosen flavors of soap. 

LIVE YOUR PASSION PERFUME LOTION 


Live Your Passion is one of Young Living’s newest additions to their Essential Oil Blends. I add 3-4 drops of Live Your Passion Essential Oil to either unscented lotion or Evening Primrose Oil and rub up and down my arms and over my chest. This oil smells amazing. But not only that, it’s extremely uplifting and allows me to have my game face on at work. Since I work so closely to my guests, I hope the smells allows them to become more present and ready to reach their own dreams.

MULTIPURPOSE SKIN SOOTHER


Roman Chamomile & Lavender Essential Oils diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other Carrier Oil is the do-all of skin soothers. Itchy dry skin or eczema, check. Psoriasis, check. Hives, check. Even feline skin issues, check. Just because, check. Forget those thick, chemical filled cortisone creams. This is an amazing blend for just about every skin issue.


DILL VITALITY PICKLES


My husband has an obsession with pickles. Every year, our garden produces a plethera of cucumbers. I make jars upon jars of pickles. I have tried everything from bread and butter to no-dill, but what I hadn’t tried was Pickles with Essential Oil! Holy hell are the delicious! In 3 Pint Mason Jars, I add 4-5 Cucumbers, sliced. I also evenly distributed 1/2 Onion, chopped small. In each mason jar, add 1 Drop Dill Vitality and a half to full clove of Garlic. On stove, Boil 2 Cups Water and 2 Cups Vinegar with 2 Tbsp Salt. Pour evenly between jars. Tighten lids and leave on counter to cool then place in fridge. These delicious things are ready in about 48 hours. I swirled a toothpick of Black Pepper Essential Oil and added red pepper flakes in one mason jar for some heat. It was also beyond tasty. Do not use any more than 1 drop of Dill per pint jar. These are pickley enough. You must make these for your fellow pickle lovers. These for sure beat the store bought ones!

CITRUS FRESH or PEPPERMINT WATER 

If you hate plain water like me. Adding 1-2 drops of either of these oils is a must. Not only do you get great tasting water and actually drinking it, but you aren’t adding artificial any things. And to top it off, you adding in so many health benefits. “A drop a day will keep the doctor away.”

LAVENDER LEMONADE 

Sounds funny right? It’s insanely refreshing! I swear this is the best cool, summer beverage. 

CINNAMON BARK BROWNIES 

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is known to help with diabetes, but so doubt it’s helping when you add it to fudge brownies. I added 1 drop of oil to the batter.(Remember: A little goes along way!) I also love adding raisins to my brownies. I took a container to work with me and my coworkers raved about them. (Also try Peppermint or Orange Essential Oils in your brownies.)
LAVENDER

Again, Lavender is the jack of all oils. I personally diffuse this everyday in my back room where my 3 kitties hang out. Not only does this calm them and helps with my one cat’s skin ailments, but it also helps mask the litter smell. I can’t get enough to of Lavender. 

STRESS AWAY 

I love diffusing this at night right beside my bed. It is so relaxing and allows me to let go of the day’s cares and settle in for a good night’s sleep so I can conquer the next day. 

DIFFUSER NECKLACE

This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I wear mine every day. Amazon has an abundance of adorable necklaces to choose from. I chose a pretty standard design in a 2-pack. I add pretty charms every once in awhile to add some pizazz to the piece. So far, my favorite oils to place in my necklace are: 

  • Live Your Passion
  • Sara
  • Sensation

Sensation has been by far my favorite. It’s scent is so alluring and beautiful. It helps with both emotional and sexual feelings. It’s uplifting, allowing me to balance my female energy and become more self aware. 

PURIFICATION

Plain and simple. Stinky home. Purification. Sick home. Purification. I love it. Period.


I never would have those that little vials of oil would make such an impact in my life. It’s amazing to me now that our society has been trained to think we need medicine after medicine and that every ailment needs a doctor. I’m not saying that we still don’t, however, Essential Oils can save us from so much. If you still don’t believe me, please take a look at Young Living’s Website

If you want to become a Young Living Member and purchase a starter kit featuring their Top Basic Oils, you may do so by purchasing through the website by using my Distributor Number (3904250) in the Enroller and Sponsor ID Section.
You may still purchase oils without becoming a member by choosing the Retail Customer option. But believe you me, becoming a member is worth it.
Now I’m done sounding like a used car salesman. You will believe it when you see it, smell it, and feel it.
I will keep you up-to-date on all my Oil Love endeavors, recipes, and other trials and successes. Please feel free to leave any questions and comments. 


Happy Oiling, Healing, Beautifying, Eating, Drinking, & Diffusing! 

Hair Care When Piggy is Strapped 


Contrary to popular belief, you can have fabulous locks even when your poor piggy bank is strapped. However, there are always stipulations and of course, reality.

Let’s talk haircuts. 

First and foremost, if you keep your hair healthy, the less haircuts you will need. Keep heat to a minimum. Let me tell you this, no one needs to put 450 degrees on their poor hair strands. Whether you have 5 hairs on your head or a mane as thick as a lion, stop it right now. Turn that flat iron down to 350-375 degrees and take smaller sections to heat thoroughly and safely. Sure, it may take you a whopping 10 minutes longer, but your hair won’t be so mad at you. Also, quit the addiction to your hot tools. Listen, it’s okay to let you natural locks free, especially in the summer. But if you must, always use protection. In addition to turning down the heat, use a heat protectant prior to coming at it with a raging hot iron. Redken’s Iron Shape is an incredible option and does not leave a product feel in the hair. A little will go a long way making your hair and wallet very happy.

If you are one to always have your hair in a pony or headband, make sure they are not super tight. They will cut your hair only causing even more damage, splitting the hair where the bands are. Which then, in turn, will only make you think you need to flat iron those fly-always even more, upping the horrific devastation. The war will never be won that way.

Healthy Hair = Less Haircuts = Happy Piggy 

Now, choosing a hair cut style that is congruent with your budget is also important. That trendy undercut or asymmetrical bob will need shaping more often. If you are working with a strapped piggy bank, a smart decision may be to choose a lower maintenance style.


This goes for hair color as well. 

If you have black hair naturally and want to color your hair platinum or you have tons of grey and color your hair dark, obviously your stylist will need to see you much more often, a maximum of every 4 weeks. If you are working on a budget, it would be smart to talk to your stylist on a more wallet-friendly hair color.
Luckily, trends such as ombré and balayage allow you to push appointments farther since these trends already give the illusion of regrowth or “roots”. Or if you are one to receive all-over-color or root-touch-ups as well as highlights in the same visit, think of alternating these services at your appointments. For instance, Visit 1, you receive both services, and at Visit 2, you solely touch-up the regrowth with color. This way you are saving pennies at every other appointment.

Intelligent Choice of Color = Fuller Piggy

It is also paramount to do everything you can to conserve your color between each appointment. If you are not caring for your hair, you can kiss your color and your money goodbye. One will spend tons of money on a professional hair color and then use a cheap drugstore shampoo only stripping it out of their hair. Is this really saving money? Using professional-grade, salon-quality products and keeping heat use to a minimum, you will further safeguard your color.

It starts in the shower. 

Let me reiterate, buying cheap drug store products, especially box color, will NOT save you money. $6 box hair color turn screw up will cost you hundreds of dollars in corrective color at the salon, and those Pantenes and Suaves will cost you more in the amount of color appointments needed.

I will refer you now to a few past blogs I have written regarding these No-Nos before I go into a tangent.

But to sum up quickly, why drugstore products are bad, bad, bad…

They are filled with sulfates (salts), parabens (preservatives), silicones, and to top it off, primarily water. If this sounds bad, it’s because it is. Please read those past blogs.

Drugstore Products = BAD NEWS = Sad Hair and an even Sadder Piggy

Sure, professional-grade, salon-quality products may cost you more initially, but they will last you longer, save the integrity of your hair, and lengthen the lifespan of your color. Pureology, for example, prides themselves on being 100% vegan, containing zero-sulfates, anti-fade complexes, and very little water, lasting 60 shampoos. Now that sounds incredible, right?

Professional Products = Happy Hair = Pleased Piggy

I can hear you saying… But I still can’t afford it!

Okay, let’s think on this. Your hair is the accessory you never take off, your forever crown, and not to mention what people see when they, in fact, look at your face. I understand we all have our vices, some it may be shoes or handbags that we throw on the disgusting bathroom floor. There is no judgement here, but think about it. Maybe it’s okay to spend a little bit more to one, have your hair done correctly, and two, that suits you and your bank account best.


It is always important to keep in check with reality. Make sure you have realistic expectations with your hair that match your financials. And for heaven’s sake, care for your hair like you would a newborn child.

Questions and Comments are always welcome. Please stay tuned for next blog on holistic avenues in hair products. (This does not mean substitutes, but more as in new additions to your now fantastic routine.)
Happy Savings! 

The Adventures of Megan’s Hair

Megan has always been that client who comes in and says, “Same thing”. We always have touched up her regrowth with lightener and toned her a beautiful platinum blonde.

Then, Megan came to me at one of her appointments and told me she was ready for a change and perhaps at her next appointment she would “change it up”. The weeks following I kept thinking “Oh, she’ll want lowlights” or “Maybe she’ll want ombre”.

Nope. Dead wrong.

Megan came to that appointment with a Pinterest picture of this girl with flowing locks of magenta and purple hair. Needless to say I was shocked and that’s an understatement. I mean I was super excited and all but I am so partial to my blondes.

But we did it.

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I am so thankful she was already blonde as blonde can be. It makes fashion colors so much more vivid and I didn’t have to go through the tedious process of lightening and lightening and lightening.

So let me tell you how this look was achieved.

At the base/ regrowth area, we decided to make it darker in a sort of a shadow root type look. I used a 3vv in Redken Chromatics with 20 volume oil developer.

Everything above the ocipital bone, I used Joico Magenta. Underneath, I pulled through Pravana Vivids Purple.

What can I say? It was perfect. She loved it. I loved it. I mean who wouldn’t love this?

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Let’s just say Megan is the perfect client. She actually listened when I told her how to care for her hair color. She did not shampoo everyday. Shampooing everyday will only strip out the color no matter if you use color-safe or not. Dry Shampoo became her best friend. When she did shampoo, she focused on the hair near the scalp and rinsed with cold water. It’s not fun, but it works. Hot water opens the cuticle of the hair and allows the color to escape.

When Megan came back 6 weeks later, it was nearly perfect! It was amazing. I touched up maybe 3 pieces of hair that faded slightly and touched up her regrowth area.

Another 6 weeks later….. Again nearly perfect! But Megan wanted a change.

We decided to add some dimension to the pink. IMG_1755[1]

I balayaged some lightener with 20 volume through the magenta and it lifted within 10 minutes. I then covered those pieces including some of the original magenta with Pravana Vivid Pink with some Pravana Neon Pink mixed in.

When I didn’t think this could get any prettier, it did!

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We were tickled pink….literally.

Six weeks later, Megan was ready for another change. And again, not what I was expecting. Megan wanted to be blonde again, as blonde as she could get. Now, thankfully Megan understood that it could be a process. Thank goodness. One has to understand that when you want to go from vivid fashion colors to a sense of normalcy, nothing is guaranteed.

But I never turn down a challenge.

So now, this is where the fun begins.

For about a week prior to her appointment, Megan shampooed her hair really well and was finally able to use hot water figuring we wanted to fade it now as much as we could.

This is what it looked like when she came in…

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So now, the party started.

Thankfully, I recently discovered Malibu Direct Dye Lifter. It took 2 packets and literally 20 minutes to achieve the impossible.

Malibu Direct Dye Lifter is Mind Blowing! We were both literally beyond amazed by how it lifted right out. Now, we were close but no cigar. The root area was red orange and the blonde lacked luster.

This is when my skills were tested. Counteracting red is the hardest thing any hairstylist does. Red is the devil. At first I applied 6na mixed with 8p Redken Chromatics Ultra Rich with 20 volume oil developer and brought down 8gn Redken Shades Eq Gloss over the orange-like areas and processed for 20 minutes.

Nope. Not good enough. I could have let her go, but I am a control freak and a perfectionist and I knew I could do better.

Next, I decided to do a partial highlight feathering the lightener near the root but not on it. Between the foils and through the back I used 8na Redken Chromatics Ulra Rich mixed with Green Chromatics Remixed. Yes, Green. Straight Green. Scary, right? At this point, I was bound to try anything to make it as perfect as it could be.

She processed under a dryer for 15-20 minutes until the highlights were light enough to tone properly. I toned the top half of her hair with 7v Redken Shades Eq Gloss and the bright blonde with 9t Redken Shades Eq Gloss and………

BAM! Perfection.IMG_2066[1]Both of us were thrilled with the results. And my favorite part was an accident. Through the midshaft is was slightly darker due to the 7v Redken Shades Eq Gloss overlapping onto the blonde. But hey, what a nice surprise!

Yup, Megan and I achieved the impossible in just ONE visit.

IMG_2092[1]Here’s where I add a disclaimer…….

Megan was willing to spend the time and money it would take her to get to as close to the desired look she wanted. It took a little over 4 hours and a decent amount of money due to the number of services it took to achieve this. Now, not all heads are made the same. When it comes to a corrective color and/or removing fashion colors, nothing is guaranteed. I have been calling this the Holy Grail of Corrective Color. Nearly everything worked out in our favor. That may be not the same for everyone.

Remember kids, do not try this at home. It is worth every penny to go to a skilled and talented hair stylist. Your hair is the accessory you wear everyday. Do it right the first time and you will actually save money.

And….. I’m sure Megan’s Hair Adventures have just started.